The Guys Ask Readers About Responsibility
by Traci Swain
The Book Boys are huge fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants and Dog Man series. So they were especially excited to pick up one of Dav’s first-ever children’s books, The Paperboy, which won a Caldecott Honor and features illustrations that made Elliott feel “calm and centered” after reading!
Watch the Book Boys video with your students to discover why a young paperboy and his dog’s peaceful trip through a dreamlike morning captured their hearts—and why they were inspired to reach out to dedicated, hardworking readers and ask about their own experiences with responsibility.
Each of the Book Boys took away something different from this Book of the Week, including values such as:
• Dedication: Allister admires how committed the paperboy and his dog are to completing the morning task of delivering newspapers throughout the neighborhood
• Responsibility: Elliott reflects on the importance of having a sense of purpose
• Community: Max asks readers what some of their responsibilities are and how they contribute to their neighborhoods, such as doing chores or taking on summer jobs
What are some responsibilities that your students have? How do they relate to the paperboy’s? Do you happen to know any students who have the same kind of job as the paperboy? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re able, please share their answers on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
The Book Boys work in different departments at Scholastic Book Clubs. They formed a group to share a wide range of books and introduce students to the world of reading. Each week, the Book Boys select a book to feature. They make stories come alive by creating fun, educational, and engaging videos for teachers and families to use in the classroom or at home. The Book Boys, like everyone at Scholastic Book Clubs, want all kids to love to read and be proud to declare: “I am a reader!”